Saturday, April 23, 2011

A Photowalk in High Park

My friend Ashok and I went for a walk in High Park this afternoon. My primary mission was to familiarize myself with the area because I want to return early some morning when the cherries are in bloom. It was a great afternoon - Torontonians were obviously desperate for a Spring day.

Here are 14 of my fav shots from the trip.


Con Trails over Grenadier Pond
1/5000 f/2.8 ISO 400 EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM @ 70 mm Canon EOS 40D
High Park,Toronto,Ontario

The Willow trees are just starting to bud. The dark shawdows behind give a nice contrasting blue tone.


Abstract in Willow
1/640 f/5.6 ISO 400 EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM +2.0x @ 380 mm Canon EOS 40D
High Park,Toronto,Ontario

When you have an itch, you gotta scratch


When you have an itch
1/400 f/5.6 ISO 400 EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM +2.0x @ 225 mm Canon EOS 40D
High Park,Toronto,Ontario

This duck portrait came out nice.


Duck
1/400 f/5.6 ISO 400 EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM +2.0x @ 380 mm Canon EOS 40D
High Park,Toronto,Ontario


Swan on Lake
1/2000 f/5.6 ISO 400 EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM +2.0x @ 375 mm Canon EOS 40D
High Park,Toronto,Ontario 


I have tried for several years to get a good shot of a red winged black bird. Near my home they are very nervous but at High Park they must be used to a lot of people.


Red Wing Black Bird
1/400 f/5.6 ISO 800 EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM +2.0x @ 380 mm Canon EOS 40D
High Park,Toronto,Ontario


Cormorant
1/800 f/5.6 ISO 400 EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM +2.0x @ 380 mm Canon EOS 40D
High Park,Toronto,Ontario


Cormorant Cormorant Cormorant
1/400 f/5.6 ISO 800 EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM +2.0x @ 400 mm Canon EOS 40D
High Park,Toronto,Ontario

I need to work on this idea more. I often see geese on open water, but in the weeds give more interest.


Canada Goose
1/250 f/5.6 ISO 400 EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM +2.0x @ 140 mm Canon EOS 40D
High Park,Toronto,Ontario

There is a beaver in the pond. This is one of the larger trees it attacked.


Beaver's Lunch
1/500 f/5.6 ISO 400 EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM +2.0x @ 375 mm Canon EOS 40D
High Park,Toronto,Ontario


Woodpecker
1/320 f/5.6 ISO 800 EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM +2.0x @ 365 mm Canon EOS 40D
High Park,Toronto,Ontario

They recently did a controlled burn in the park. This is some of the result. (A three shot HDR).


Burn Damage
f/8 EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM +2.0x @ 140 mm Canon EOS 40D
High Park,Toronto,Ontario

A carving near the Cafe. (A three shot HDR).


Old Man of the Tree
f/8 EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM +2.0x @ 140 mm Canon EOS 40D
High Park,Toronto,Ontario

After our photowalk we went to a little cafe for some refreshment. We were joined by a caffine junkie wasp.


Cappuccino Wasp
1/8000 f/2.8 ISO 320 EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM @ 195 mm Canon EOS 40D
Cafe Novo ,Toronto,Ontario

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